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Second Annual View from the Top Recap: Another Successful WLI Event

To view more photos from our View from the Top, please visit our Facebook page. On Thursday, October 13th, ULI members and non-members attended the Women’s Leadership Initiative’s (WLI) second annual “View from the Top” event at the McNichols building in downtown Denver. This year’s event focused on women and men who forged winding paths to success, starting their careers in one industry and finding themselves in a completely different one. In her keynote, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne of Colorado shared fascinating statistics about women in the state before talking … Read More

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Capitalizing on the Opportunity for TOD in Growing Cities

By Kathleen McCormick As the Denver metropolitan area has topped 3 million residents, potentially accelerating toward 4 million, a sustainable land use template for future mobility and economic, social, and environmental health is emerging within the framework of the 122-mile (196 km), 57-station FasTracks rail and bus rapid transit network, which includes expansion with five new transit lines this year. ULI Colorado’s TOD Marketplace event, held in Denver in early November, attracted participants from Colorado and beyond to tour various transit-oriented development (TOD) sites and hear about both lessons learned and … Read More

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New Housing Report


ULI Colorado’s new White Paper, “Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing in Colorado,” is now available. Read More

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Stock Show Recap: Colorado as ‘Silicon Valley of Agriculture’?

By Jenni Lantz, Consultant, John Burns Consulting On Thursday, August 18, ULI Colorado presented “Taking Stock of the Stock Show,” which explored the overhaul of the National Western Center and the surrounding area of Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. This Young Leaders Group Discovery Series attracted a capacity crowd of 155 to an event including a panel of speakers, bus tours, and a networking social at the cowboy-themed National Western Club. In 2015, 65 percent of Denver voters passed 2C, a measure that extends a tourism tax to fund the National Western … Read More

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ULI’s TOD Marketplace highlights real estate opportunities as FasTracks expands by five lines in 2016

ULI’s TOD Marketplace highlights real estate opportunities as FasTracks expands by five lines in 2016 RTD’s FasTracks network grows to 88 miles this year, opening up transit-oriented development opportunities at dozens of stations in the nation’s largest public transit expansion. Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado is celebrating these real estate opportunities with “TOD Marketplace: Today’s Lessons, Tomorrow’s Deals,” a two-day conference with 500+ attendees, 58 speakers, 45 exhibitors, and 6 tours, happening at Denver Union Station and Hyatt Regency Denver, Nov. 9-10, 2016. “In addition to a who’s who of … Read More

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Decoration Instead of Design: a Recap of 7/14 Design Forum

‘Decoration instead of design’ A blog article by Michael Leccese, Executive Director, ULI Colorado In response to ULI Colorado’s Design Forum on July 14th, 2016 Full audio recording and recap available here. “Denver, you are not alone,” began John King, the visiting architecture critic from San Francisco Chronicle, launching ULI’s second design forum, “Does Denver’s Boom Spell Architectural Gloom,” on July 14 at the Denver Art Museum auditorium. With 200+ in attendance, King reviewed lessons learned from his two-day tour of Denver’s more recent architecture and urban landscapes. In a blindfold … Read More

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NEW Educational Program! Development 360.

About the program: Development 360 is an educational program for ULI Colorado Young Leaders, and graduating Young Leaders, that aims to educate participants through in depth, project- specific information, about the overall development process. You must be a current member and 35 or younger to participate. Accepted participants will attend six sessions over three months, and will explore a recently completed project as a case study.  Sessions include a planned curriculum and feature guest speakers from different phases of the project, facilitated and taught by the project’s developer. This program is a “next level” … Read More

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ULI Colorado announces partnership with OppSites to catalyze development in Colorado cities

News from: ULI Colorado announces partnership with OppSites to catalyze development in Colorado cities # # # FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE # # Denver—June 21, 2016 ULI Colorado, the 1,165-member District Council of the global Urban Land Institute, has announced a new partnership with Oakland, California-based OppSites (www.oppsites.com), an online platform that directs real estate professionals to underused properties in Colorado cities, and nationwide, where new development supports community goals. How it works: ● Cities, Counties, and Economic Development Organizations can showcase publicly and privately owned properties that they want to see … Read More

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Bridging the Gap: A Solutions Forum on Housing

By Kathleen McCormick The Urban Land Institute was well -represented at “Bridging the Gap: A Solutions Forum on Housing,” presented by Denver’s Office of Economic Development on May 19, 2016 at the University of Denver. Denver has committed $150 million for affordable housing over the next 10 years. The forum presented some ideas and invited discussion among architects, urban planners, public officials, nonprofit organizations, housing activists, and others about closing the gap on critically needed affordable and workforce housing to promote community stability and economic growth. As of March 2016, … Read More

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Spring Meeting Update!

  Hello ULI Colorado Members, The ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia was a huge success, thanks in no small part to your efforts!  The meeting had over 3,500 member in attendance and perfect spring weather in the City of Brotherly Love. The city is undergoing major revitalization and proved an excellent urban exploring ground. Some data points: –Philly has 2nd largest downtown pop after Manhattan (183,000) –Thanks to its diverse cultural offerings and affordable neighborhoods, city has become #1 to attract Millennials –After years of steep decline, population is growing –Bike share … Read More

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